LGBTQ Youth Issues and the Law Symposium

Keynote speakers Kim Milan and Tiq Milan address a standing room only crowd in the Starr Reading Room


On Friday, March 4, the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows and the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal presented the “LGBTQ Youth Issues and the Law” symposium at the University of Connecticut School of Law. The event began with a high-energy keynote address from internationally recognized LGBTQ advocates Kim Milan and Tiq Milan. Panels featured distinguished speakers who discussed a variety of current legal issues affecting LGBTQ youth. Panelists explored the complexities and challenges LGBTQ youth often face, including homelessness, foster care, juvenile justice, education, and being members of the LGBTQ community, from the perspectives of practicing attorneys, community advocates, educators, government officials, service providers and high school students. The morning panels were videotaped by the Connecticut Network (CT-N) and can be viewed by clicking here. Kim and Tiq Milan's Prezi can be viewed here. The Symposium Program can be viewed here.

Approximately 170 Fellows, students, members of gay and lesbian organizations, state officials from the Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, Office of Public Defender, Department of Children and Families, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, municipal officials, and representatives from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, hospitals, universities and colleges, high schools, middle schools, and other community organizations attended the all-day event.

Many thanks to CBF Fellows Chair Bill Logue, Fellows Education and Program Committee Chair Dwight Merriam, UConn School of Law Dean, CBF Past President, and Roraback Circle Fellow Tim Fisher, LGBTQ Symposium Planning Committee members Hon. Juliett Crawford, Rachel Goldberg and Carrie Kaas, and UConn Law School students and CPILJ editors Dvora Walker and John Khalil for their efforts in planning and organizing this highly successful symposium.